Apr 15, 2014 8:30 PM by Dave Fields
The mother of a Lafayette toddler born with Hypoplastic Left-Heart Syndrome is expressing her gratitude this evening and reaching out to other parents who may be dealing with a similar situation.
The United Blood Services Bloodmobile conducted a blood drive Tuesday at the the Blue Bonnet Dental Care office in Lafayette for the benefit of Jordan Briscoe-Belleau, a nearly two-year old boy whose mother is an employee at the multi-physician practice.
Emily Briscoe said that her son's condition has required two surgeries thus far and a third operation is on the horizon during the next six months. Briscoe tells KATC that the left side of young Jordan's heart already has received a shunt and a glenn, but now requires a fontan.
According to Mayo Clinic, Jordan's condition "is a complex and rare heart defect present at birth (congenital)" in which "the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped." The right side of the heart, in children with this type of abnormality, must pump blood to the rest of the body and to the lungs.
The long-term prognosis for Jordan, his mom says, is that Jordan will require a heart transplant about 30 to 40 years from now. For now, Jordan's mom simply wants those who came out to the dental office today to know how grateful she is.
"I appreciate everyone coming out and supporting my son's cause for whatever blood my son will need for his surgeries. Whatever isn't used will go into the blood bank for other families that will need it in the future because there is always a shortage on blood," Briscoe said.